Food Stamps

The Georgia Food Stamp Program, Federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a federally-funded program that provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. A household may be one person living alone, a family or several unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together.

Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits. The program helps households that have limited income and resources.

How to Apply for SNAP Benefits:
Step One: Get Prepared

Review this document to find out more about the eligibility requirements: SNAP Benefits in Georgia.  You may also check here to see if you are potentially eligible for benefits: Am I eligible?

Step Two: Complete and submit an application for benefits

How to apply:

1. Download the application found here:

         English

OR

You can request a paper application by visiting your local DFCS office, or by calling the Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746 and asking that an application be mailed to you.

An application is considered filed when it has the name of the head of household, address, date and signature of the head of household or another household member, and is received by the Department.

2. Submit an application by mail or in person to your local Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office.  You can find a list of contact information for your local county office here

Step Three: The Interview

After your application is filed, you or a member of your household must be interviewed by a staff person from DFCS. The person who is interviewed must know about your household situation. A phone interview is required.

Senior SNAP is a simplified application project designed to make it easier for seniors to receive food stamp benefits. For elderly/disabled individuals experiencing problems coming to the office, an interview may be completed by telephone or an office visit.  An application may also be requested by phone and mailed to the household.

For more information regarding the Senior SNAP program, click here.


SPECIAL NOTICES:

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights                                                                           
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

You may also file a complaint of discrimination by contacting the DFCS Civil Rights Program, Two Peachtree Street, N.W., Suite 19-248, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 or call (404) 657-3735 or fax (404) 463-3978. For limited English proficient and sensory impaired services, contact the DHS Limited English Proficiency and Sensory Impaired Program at: Two Peachtree Street, N.W., Suite 29-103 N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303 or call (404)-657-5244 or fax (404)-651-6815.

 

NOTICE FROM FNS REGARDING UNSOLICITED CALLS:

There have been reports of the general public receiving unsolicited calls from what appears to be the SNAP toll free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689. The unsolicited callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP related services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has “spoofed” the SNAP toll free information hotline number is not affiliated with FNS or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls from 1-800-221-5689, you may file a complaint with the FCC. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ for more information on identity theft.